Blackburn Rovers make Blackpool manager Michael Appleton their first choice

Michael Appleton has only been in charge of 12 Blackpool games. Photo: PA

Blackburn have made an official approach to Blackpool with regards to their interest in Michael Appleton filling the managerial vacancy at Ewood Park.

Appleton, who was only appointed as Blackpool boss on November 7 following Ian Holloway's departure to Crystal Palace, emerged yesterday as the surprise bookmakers' favourite to succeed Henning Berg at Rovers.

And Blackburn this evening confirmed they have been in touch with their npower Championship counterparts in the hope of talking to the 36-year-old.

A statement on Rovers' official website, www.rovers.co.uk, attributed to managing director Derek Shaw, read: "I can confirm that we have made an official approach to Blackpool FC about our interest in speaking to Michael Appleton.

"This is the only candidate we have approached for the managers' job".